19-year-old Colorado woman dies after snowboarder strikes her in the head

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BOULDER, Colo. — A 19-year-old Colorado college student was skiing Sunday morning when she was struck by a snowboarder, leading to her death at Eldora Ski Area, according to Boulder police.

Maggie Byrne-Perry, of Boulder, was skiing out of bounds and near a tree when she was hit, police said. A rescue helicopter arrived and airlifted her to Boulder Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Byrne-Perry died of head injuries. Her time of death was determined by her CT scan.

On Monday, the Boulder County Coroner concluded the case as an accident and said Byrne-Perry died of blunt force trauma.

Eldora Ski Area Management said the man involved in the crash was 35, from Boulder. The man was interviewed by police but not arrested.

“We are very sorry to learn of Maggie’s passing. We don’t know the circumstances around her death, but our deepest sympathies go out to her family,” Dave Kruse, general manager of Eldora Ski Area, said in a statement.

“We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers as we work with Boulder County Police to investigate the case and help answer the many questions that are likely arising.”

Reaching 2,400 acres of terrain, Eldora is located in Boulder County between Boulder and Broomfield. It opened in 1967.

Byrne-Perry was a junior at Colorado State University studying geography and was also enrolled in the school’s Master of Arts in Public Service program.

Her father, Dan Perry, is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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